Allergic Rhinitis

AR -- Three Prongs of Treatment

 
Please print this AR Handout
 
to open & print the pdf from your printer
and then 
follow along in the handout as we cover each section in the three videos on the right side of this webpage.  
 
Allergic Rhinitis Management:  When you history and skin testing support the diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis, you basically have three different treatment choices. 
 
1st - Allergen Avoidance:  Also called "Environmental Control."  The first video will describe ways that you can lower the amount of the major airborne allergens from getting into your nose/eyes/lungs.
 
2nd - Medication Therapy:  Also called Pharmacotherapy involves picking the right class of medications to treat try to control the various symptoms of allergic rhinitis.  The second video will review these major medication families and when we use each agents from each group.
 
3rd - Immunotherapy:  Also called "IT," Allergy Shots or Allergy Vaccines.  Sublingual IT (under the tongue drops) is not yet FDA approved or paid for by insurers.  Therefore, in the third video, we focus on the "tried & true" FDA approved "shot" (ie: subcutaneous) method of IT - which can be advanced to full 2-4 week booster dosing via a standard (slower, "traditional") or rush (rapid desensitization) build-up protocol.
  
Here are the Immunotherapy Handouts as discussed in third video:
   
         
 

Meds to Stop Before Skin Testing

REMINDER:  If you desire or anticipate the need for allergy skin testing on your first visit, remember to stop any medications that may block or diminish you skin testing responses a few days before testing as recommended in in the med. list found at the link below:

Allergic Rhinitis: 3 Steps to Relief Handout (Update 2015)

The Original 2008 Blue "Allergic Rhinitis PDF" & Videos (above)
are still relevant today... 
but we've made updates (blue link below) to keep you current with new options:
Note: Home "Sublingual Immunotherapy" is now an option.

Step 1 - Environmental Control Measures Video

 

Step 2 - Medicine Choices Video


  

Step 3 - Immunotherapy (Allergen Vaccine) Video